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Online crowd-editing

Have you got a draft of something that you’re sort-of pleased with but know could do with some editorial input to make it really shine? If you haven’t got the resources or even the inclination to hire a freelance editor, and would like to canvas a wider audience, there’s help at hand if you’re prepared to dip your toes into the online writing community pool. Online crowd-editing is a thing, and for the last few years it’s been mooted by online commentators as a useful adjunct to the self-publishing process. Not just self-publishers either. In 2013, heavyweight author Walter Isaacson crowd-sourced edits for his follow-up (The Innovators, a history of digital innovation) to his biography of Steve Jobs, and spoke enormously positively about the specialised communities which build up around digital innovations.

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